//NYSC: Godwin Ekosin, kaduna//
Eight out of 2,837 2015 batch ‘B’ (stream I) Corps members deployed to Kaduna State Northwest Nigeria by National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) are to repeat their service year in totality while 15 others will have theirs extended, State Coordinator Mohammed Momoh has said.
The Coordinator, who spoke to Gobroadsheet in his office on Wednesday during the low-key passing out at State’s secretariat of the scheme at Angwan Rimi said, the affected Corps members absconded immediately after the orientation exercise.
According to him, the act that established the scheme is resolute in instilling discipline into young Nigerian graduates that pass through it as it prepares them for leadership role in the near future hence the need to apply it on violators to serve as deterrent to others.
He said, “those that will repeat the service are those that disappeared immediately after the orientation camp.
This is a punitive measure taken against the erring corps members for violating the rules and regulations of the corps.
“NYSC will not tolerate such an act of indiscipline. If you know you are not ready for the service, you can make your intentions known with candid reasons early enough so you can prepare for the following mobilization instead of coming for the three weeks orientation exercise and then run away”, he warned.
On why the passing out was low-keyed he said, “it is in low key because we have two streams of corps members who are passing out by a month interval from each other. Stream I is passing out today while stream II will be passing out on Friday November 4th 2016.
Momoh however added that, three corps members that distinguished themselves during service year won the State’s Prestigious Merit Awards, seven got the Chairman’s Awards, while ten others won the State Coordinators Commendation Award.
He then commended the commitment of the State Government, serious Corps employers and the people of the state for the sustained welfare and security support to corps members and the corps at large, urging corps members to utilised the skills acquired during their service year and be good ambassadors of the scheme in their future endeavors.
Unfortunately, seven of the batch members paid Supreme sacrifice of death resulting from various causes within the service year.